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Her Name Means “Good News”

A Visit in the Night

By Anonymous

For her safety, we will call her “B.,” but her name means “good news” in her native language. With that name on your lips, how could you not be compelled to share the gospel as you gaze into her chocolate brown eyes? How could you keep from telling her the good news of Jesus Christ, the truth that promises to set her free?

A Light in the Dungeon

Her husband had come to Christ nine years ago while in France. B., on the other hand, rejected the message of Jesus, claiming fervently that He was only one of many prophets. B. is from an upper middle-class family. Her father was a judge and general attorney to the country’s king. Because of her father’s position and close connection to the royal court, B. is pressured by her parents to remain a loyal and faithful follower of her religion. Her husband’s faith in Christ is a family secret to this day.

After marrying, B. began to follow her husband to the Sunday afternoon group that secretly meets in believers’ homes. One time, when asked about the church, she said, “It is like I am in a dark dungeon all week long. When we meet together, it is like the doors and windows open up. There is light!” She enjoyed the music, the message and the fellowship but still struggled with seeing Jesus as the Son of God. She was riding the fence between two religions, accepting both to some degree.

Two years ago, through a Bible study with a missionary, B. gave her heart to Christ. I can still recall the moment she shared the news with me in her kitchen, full of excitement and assurance of her decision.

Back and Forth

One year later, she told me that she had returned to her native religion. She described feeling far from God when reading the Bible, and close to Him while reading her religion’s sacred text. She began praying the ritual prayers again each day and following other practices faithfully.

Her husband remained confident in God, believing that this was all part of the process. He described experiencing the same feelings of doubt and confusion during his own walk toward full commitment to Christ. He believed that B. would eventually return to Jesus.

B.‘s fervent return to her native religion lasted only one month. She could not find the intimacy with God that her yearning heart longed for.

Last March, while having lunch with B. and her husband, we talked about doing a Bible study together. She said, “I will study with you, but I want you to know that I will NEVER become a Christian.” I remember chuckling to myself, thinking, You are not the one to decide that. B. went on to say that she was asking God to show her the truth, and I committed to pray that prayer along with her.

The Man of Her Dreams

That afternoon, our baby began to cry, and I went into B.‘s bedroom to rock him to sleep. While there, I felt burdened to pray for B. Because many followers of her religion come to faith through dreams, I specifically asked God to give B. a dream in which she would know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was “the way, the truth and the life.”

Several weeks later, I had plans to have lunch with B. In a previous conversation, she had told me that she didn’t understand why Christians prayed in the Name of Jesus. I had prepared Bible verses to show her after lunch.

Another missionary friend gave B. a DVD that day. It was full of testimonies of men and women from B.‘s country, sharing how God had revealed His truth to them through dreams. Over lunch I asked B. if she had ever heard the story of someone who had a dream about Jesus. She answered, “No.”

After lunch, I began our Bible study, hoping that she would divinely understand the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. When finished, she timidly said, “You asked me earlier if I had ever heard of someone who had a dream about Jesus. I said no because I haven’t. But I myself have had a dream about Jesus!” Tears flowed down my cheeks, and I grasped her hands. “Tell me about it, B.,” I said.

Two days after I had been in her bedroom praying for her, B. had this dream. “I heard a man’s voice call my name. I answered, ‘Yes!’ I saw a man dressed in white. His hair and beard were white, but I couldn’t see his face. It was a bright shining light. He said, ‘Why are you still sitting here in the same place? Get up, come and follow me. I will take care of you.’”

“Who do you think this is?” B. asked. I quickly replied, “This man is Jesus Christ, the Messiah. He has come to you personally to invite you to follow Him.” I asked her if she had told her husband about the dream. She said, “Yes. He said that it is Jesus!”

I opened the Bible, and together we read Revelation 1:13-16: “. . . someone ‘like a son of man’ dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet . . . His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like blazing fire . . . His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.”

“This is Jesus. This is the man you saw in your dream,” I told B. “He has come to invite you to follow Him. You now have a choice to make. You can follow Him or you can choose to stay where you are. What are you going to do?” B. answered, “Jesus the Messiah came to speak to me. I cannot say, ‘No.’ I must follow Him.” We cried and prayed together.

Just a few weeks ago, I saw B. She still remains a bit confused about following Jesus and leaving her native religion. Is the process complete? By no means. However, there is a beautiful expression in her native language that speaks vividly about these dear ones who are still on the journey toward fully embracing Jesus Christ in all of His truth. We say, “They are on the ROAD to the Messiah!”

Thanks be to God who leads us all down this path of spiritual transformation. Some of us run into His arms without ever looking back. Some of us walk hesitantly step by step. Some of us even take one step forward and two steps back. “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

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